Justin Verlander Makes Good On His 1st Start After Signing His Recent 5 Year Extension
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By Matthew Lafave (Tigers Correspondent) Follow @MatthewLafave
No worries, the ‘Holy Grail’ of Detroit will be a Tiger through 2019. Last Friday afternoon, Justin Verlander inked a record-breaking 5-year contract extension.
He will earn $20 Million this season and next season, then a whopping $28 Million per year for the next five seasons.
In case math isn’t your strong suit, that’s a total of $180 Million. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2020 that’s worth $22 Million. So he could potentially earn $202 Million over the next 8 years.
What is a Vesting Option? It’s basically a clause that reassures teams from overpaying to declining players. While we don’t officially know the Vesting Option clause, it is said to be based on Cy Young Award balloting (as reported by Larry Lage, AP).
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He must finish in the Top 5 of Cy Young voting in 2019 for his $22 Million Vesting Option to take effect. Usually Vesting options with starting pitchers involve Innings Pitched – but Verlander has pitched over 200 Innings every season since 2007. So the option had to be a little more detailed.
If anyone can pick up that kind of Option, it is Justin Verlander.
Since coming into the league in 2006, he has finished in the Top 5 in Cy Young votes 4 out of 7 seasons. Although he would be 36-years-old during the 2019 season, Verlander has no plans to slow down.
“I don’t plan on being done at 40,” he said. “I guess history says I will, but probably not.”
Would anyone be surprised if he wins the Cy Young Award in 2019?
With the new contract, the Tigers now carry 3 chunky contracts.
Possibly 2 out of 3 but regardless, the Tigers had no choice but to get Verlander locked up for years to come.
Anyone would prefer Verlander over Scherzer, whatever the cost.
The time to win is now. With your 3 biggest contracts all in their prime, it is your time!!
As Verlander tweeted last Friday – Follow @justinverlander
“I love this city & the fans – couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here! We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!”
I believe him. Do you?
Notes: Yesterday’s win was Verlander 1st opening day victory of his Career. He threw only 91 Pitches during his 5 Innings stint Monday. Perhaps showing a different tactic, Leyland pulled the Tigers ace after just 5 IP. Could the long-term skipper finally have come around to the idea of conserving Verlander for the early part of the season – in order to keep him fresh late in the season?
Verlander ranks 3rd amongst Active Win Percentage Leaders and 20th Overall on the ALL – Time list in MLB History.
Active Win Percentage Leaders:
|1.||Roy Halladay (15, 36)||.6656||R|
|2.||Jered Weaver (8, 30)||.6623||R|
|3.||Justin Verlander (9, 30)||.6579||R|
|4.||Tim Hudson (15, 37)||.6545||R|
|5.||CC Sabathia (13, 32)||.6497||L|
|6.||Jon Lester (8, 29)||.6418||L|
|7.||Johan Santana (12, 34)||.6406||L|
|8.||Andy Pettitte (17, 41)||.6331||L|
|9.||Adam Wainwright (8, 31)||.6202||R|
|10.||Yovani Gallardo (7, 27)||.6161||R|
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Posted on April 2, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2006 World Series, 2012 world series, @matthewlafave on twitter, adam wainwright, al central, al cy young winner, al MVP winners, andy pettitte, anibal sanchez, austin jackson, cc sabathia, cole hamels, cy young, dave dombrowski, detroit tigers, doug fister, examiner.com, felix hernandez, jered weaver, Jim Leyland, johan santana, jon lester, justin verlander, justin verlander player contract, larry page, matthew lafave, max scherzer, miguel cabrera, rick porcello, roy halladay, target field, tim hudsoln, tim hudson, top active win percentage pitching leaders, yovani gallardo, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.